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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #298 - Emergencies: The hospital cracks everywhere, crack capitalism (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 22 Oct 2019 09:32:03 +0300

The perseverance of the emergency workers in struggle is unprecedented: the revolt has not declined since May and has on the contrary widened during the summer. It must be said that we are fighting back against the wall: emergencies are at the breaking point, in a hospital system asphyxiated by years of budget cuts. ---- For the past six months, the strike movement in the emergency services has left its mark on its duration and strength. At the end of the summer, the movement has never been so massive with 240 reception and emergency services (UAS) that are on strike, half of the services ! ---- Camp on its position, the government has increased the number of announcements to change the organization of emergencies, including the delegation of a number of medical procedures to nurses, the creation of intermediate structures between the city and the hospital or better guidance for patients upstream.

For their part, the professionals who live daily the malfunctions of the public hospital have plenty of ideas to change the ways of working. But their analysis of the situation is very different from that of the minister: the emergency crisis is only one aspect of the general crisis of the hospital system. If emergencies are struggling today, it is because they are the gateway to a health care system asphyxiated by years of budget cuts. If the announcement of an additional 750 million euros over the next three years does not satisfy any of the actors and actresses of these services ... this is mainly because this sum will be deducted from the budget of other hospital services. So back to square one.

The movement, launched by the Inter-Emergency Collective and initially supported by SUD, the CGT and FO [1], has stepped up actions this summer to maintain media pressure on the government while assignments and school holidays could raise fears breathlessness.

The CGT and FO health federations (with the exception of the FO doctors) progressively disengaged from the Inter-Emergency Collective, not without creating debates within them. The desire for self-organization and some punch actions seem to have shaken up a certain union train-train, which nevertheless meets less and less echoes in services.

Expand to the whole hospital world
If, locally, some medical managers have tried to stop the strike after winning the showdown with the Regional Health Agency (ARS) on material claims, the movement now takes a turn towards the entire hospital world .

A national general assembly met on September 10 to the call, for the first time, the Collectif inter-urgences, the federation SUD-Health-social, but also the associations and unions of doctors, as well as the collective Printemps of psychiatry, resulting from the strikes of 2018.

At the end of this day, a call was made to expand the mobilization to the entire hospital world. Three demands are posed as non-negotiable: the salary increase of 300 euros, the opening of beds and the increase of the workforce.

Thus this movement left directly services has avoided the trap of corporatism and exceed the only professional demands. In a sector where suffering at work and precariousness use the best wishes, this call can be heard !

Solow (UCL Paris Nord-Est)

[1] Read " Strike emergencies: The return of striker coordination ? ", Libertarian Alternative , July-August 2019.

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